Sappi Fine Paper North America Underscores the Print Experience with 2013 Printers of the Year Call for Entries

  Sappi Fine Paper North America Underscores the Print Experience with 2013
                    Printers of the Year Call for Entries

PR Newswire

BOSTON, Jan. 29, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Today, Sappi Fine Paper North America
announced its call for entries for the 2013 North American Printers of the
Year awards, a competition that recognizes print excellence and innovation
across 10 categories for work produced on Sappi papers. Since 1999, the Sappi
Printers of the Year Awards program has been regarded as the world's most
respected accolade of excellence in the printing industry.

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In addition to industry-wide recognition, award-winning printers may receive
up to $20,000 in design support and 5,000 lbs of paper towards marketing and
brand initiatives. Selected printers will also gain increased visibility with
current and potential clients by being featured on their own page in Sappi's
Printers of the Year Online Resource, a unique database tool for designers,
print buyers and corporations.

"In today's marketplace, even with the growth of digital and social media, we
see print as a more vital medium to the marketing mix than ever before," said
Patti Groh, Director of Marketing Communications, Sappi Fine Paper North
America. "With each Printers of the Year competition, Sappi recognizes
entrants that have raised the bar with their strategic and creative uses of
print, and we strive to promote and support those who understand the impact
that high-quality print has as a communications tool."

All entries for Sappi's 2013 North American Printers of the Year must be
received by February 22, 2013. Entering the competition is easy — printers can
submit any work printed in the U.S. or Canada between January 1, 2012 and
December 31, 2012 that uses Sappi paper as the dominant stock. For each entry,
six copies of the printed piece must be submitted by mail along with one copy
of the entry form. An online version of the entry form and downloadable PDF
entry form are available online. For more details and the entry form, visit: or contact Sappi at 1.800.882.4332.

Award Categories
Printers may submit entries for one of the following 10 categories: Annual
Reports, Books, Brochures, Calendars, Catalogs, Digital Print, Magazines
(sheetfed), Magazines (web), Printer's Own Promotions, or General Print (any
printed material not included in the other categories). Each printer may
submit an unlimited number of entries but each entry must be accompanied by
its own entry form.

Rewards of Excellence

  oGold Award winners represent the top prize in each category and are
    designated Sappi Printers of the Year. The 10 Gold winners are each
    rewarded with up to $20,000 and 5,000 lbs of paper in support of the
    printer's marketing and brand initiatives.

  oSilver Award winners from each Sappi North America sales region are chosen
    in each of the ten categories. Finalists then move on to represent their
    regions in the challenge for the Gold Awards and vie for Sappi Printers of
    the Year status.

  oGold, Silver and Judges' Award winners will be featured on their own
    updatable web page in Sappi's Printers of the Year online resource to
    better connect them with designers, print buyers and corporations.

  oBronze Award winners will be included in the Printers of the Year online
    database, with their contact information available to all users.

All entries will be judged on overall impact of the piece; degree of
difficulty in the printing techniques; and technical excellence. A panel of
judges was chosen from recognized print institutions and trade professions,
including: Lauren Elliot, Principal of Wicked Good Print Production; Dr.
Malcolm Kief, professor in the Graphic Communication Department at Cal Poly;
Ken Lantz, independent print and process consultant based in New York; and
James K. Tenorio, professor in the Graphic Communications Management Program
at University of Wisconsin-Stout Wisconsin's Polytechnic University.

For more details about Sappi's 2013 North American Printers of the Year
awards, visit:

About Sappi Fine Paper North America
Sappi Fine Paper North America, known for innovation and quality, is a
preeminent North American producer of coated fine and release papers and
market pulp headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Its coated fine papers,
with highly recognized brand names such as McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are
used in premium magazines, catalogs, books and high-end print advertising. The
company is also the world's leading supplier of release papers for the
automotive, fashion and engineered films industries, including the globally
recognized Ultracast brand. Sappi's release papers provide the surface
aesthetics for synthetic fabrics used in footwear, clothing, upholstery and
accessories, as well as the textures for decorative laminates found in
kitchens, baths, flooring and other decorative surfaces. An integrated pulp
and paper producer, with state-of-the-art pulp mills, Sappi is the third
largest seller of hardwood pulp in North America.

Sappi Fine Paper North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (NYSE, JSE), a
global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with over 14,000
employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries
and customers in over 100 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi

For further information:
Joanna Rieke
Manager, Corporate Communications
Sappi Fine Paper North America
Office: 617-423-5409

Shannon McLoughlin
Office: 617-912-5412
Mobile: 646-379-7508

SOURCE Sappi Fine Paper North America

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